I’m willing to entertain this idea if you can say more and provide some concrete examples because on my own I can’t think of any way that patriarchy protects the lower power partner. More than 50% of women who are murdered are killed by current or former domestic partners; women initiate 70% of divorces as compared to a 50/50 rate for non-marital relationships. They often site being sick of being dominated and controlled as one of the main reasons for wanting out. Alimony is now typically only for a few years to allow the other person to get on their feet, but that doesn’t take into account the job skills that go stagnant while someone is doing the unpaid work of managing the household and caring for the family. A lot of women who want to work find themselves unable to do that because women still do the overwhelming share of home-keeping and childcare, amounting to what is essentially a second job after they come home from their 9–5. And many workplaces don’t allow the flexibility that being the primary caregiver requires.

Hoping to hear more from you on this.

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